Electoral district of Cessnock

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
State New South Wales
Dates current 1913–1920
MP Clayton Barr
Party Labor Party
Electors 56,767 (2017)
Area 4,389.03 km2 (1,694.6 sq mi)

Cessnock is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales in the rural fringe of the Hunter. It is represented by Clayton Barr of the Labor Party. It includes all of City of Cessnock (including Cessnock and Kurri Kurri), part of Singleton Council (including Broke and Belford) and a small part of the City of Lake Macquarie (including Barnsley and West Wallsend).[1]


Cessnock was created in 1913, but was abolished in 1920, with the introduction of proportional representation and absorbed into Maitland. It was recreated in 1927 and included much of the Central Coast until the creation of Gosford in 1950. It has historically been a safe Labor seat.

At the 2007 election, it encompassed all of City of Cessnock, a small part of the City of Newcastle (including Beresfield and Tarro), a small part of the City of Lake Macquarie (including Barnsley and West Wallsend) and a small part of Singleton Council (including Belford).[2] At the 2013 redistribution it gained Broke, Milbrodale and Wollombi from Upper Hunter and lost Beresfield and Tarro to Wallsend.[3]

Members for Cessnock[edit]

First incarnation (1913—1920)
Member Party Term
  William Kearsley Labor 1913–1920
Second incarnation (1927—present)
Member Party Term
  Jack Baddeley Labor 1927–1949
  John Crook Labor 1949–1959
  George Neilly Labor 1959–1978
  Bob Brown Labor 1978–1980
  Stan Neilly Labor 1981–1988
  Bob Roberts Liberal 1988–1991
  Stan Neilly Labor 1991–1999
  Kerry Hickey Labor 1999–2011
  Clayton Barr Labor 2011–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2015: Cessnock[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Clayton Barr 28,519 62.2 +28.1
National Jessica Price-Purnell 10,652 23.2 −1.8
Greens Lindy Williams 3,857 8.4 −0.2
No Land Tax Domenic Lopreiato 1,465 3.2 +3.2
Christian Democrats Julie Johnson 1,339 2.9 −0.5
Total formal votes 45,832 95.6 +0.9
Informal votes 2,111 4.4 −0.9
Turnout 47,943 91.4 +1.0
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Clayton Barr 30,057 72.0 +18.1
National Jessica Price-Purnell 11,685 28.0 −18.1
Labor hold Swing +18.1


  1. ^ "Cessnock". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Cessnock Electoral District". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2006-12-18.
  3. ^ Antony Green. "Electorate: Cessnock". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  4. ^ State Electoral District of Cessnock: First Preference Votes, NSWEC.
  5. ^ State Electoral District of Cessnock: Distribution of Preferences, NSWEC.

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